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PCBS: 1 in 4 Palestinian children live in poverty
Published Sunday 20/11/2011 (updated) 23/11/2011 21:14
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A quarter of children in the West Bank and Gaza live in poverty, the official
statistics agency reported as the world marks international children's day on
Sunday. (MaanImages/Luay Sababa, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- More than a quarter of children in the West Bank and Gaza live in poverty, the official statistics agency said in a report marking universal children's day on Sunday.

According to data collected by PCBS in 2010, 26.9 percent of children experience poverty, and the proportion is significantly higher in Gaza at 38.4 percent, than in the West Bank at 19 percent.

The report found that nearly half of the Palestinian population in 2011 is under 18.

The near two million children make up 48.2 percent of all Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, it said.

About 65,000 children between the ages of 5 and 14 are working in paid or unpaid, or 6 percent of this age group, the report found.

Boys were more likely to work, whereas girls were more likely to be married, the report said, noting that 1.6 percent of females and 0.2 percent of males are married between the ages of 12 and 17.

Nearly half of Palestinian children are refugees at 45 percent, and more than two-thirds, 68.8 percent, of children in the Gaza Strip are refugees, it said.

Universal children's day was established by the UN in 1954 to highlight the welfare of children.
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1 ) Ajibola Hasan / Nigeria
20/11/2011 22:53
These ostrachested life dificulties are crated by Israel.

2 ) Shirlee / Australia
21/11/2011 00:08
None of the Palestinian Arab children are refugees. To be a refugee, one has to be forcibly removed from one's country of birth. They live where they were born, as do their parents. If we are to believe what you claim, there are more 'refugees' in Israel than Gaza. More Jews were forcibly removed from Arab lands in 1948, than Arabs who fled the newly formed State of Israel. That is a well documented fact, even in the Arab archives.

3 ) Frank Tromp / NL
21/11/2011 12:25
Shirley, With refugee children here is meant children from the refugee camps on the West Bank and Gaza. Their parents or may be grandparents are forcibly removed from what is now called Israel or even of the Israeli Occupied Territories including East Jerusalem. This occupation is illegal by International Law, and that is the thing that counts. The point here was the percentage of children that was living in poverty. Under occupation there is a greater percentage of poverty, that's clear. Agree?

4 ) southparkbear / usa
21/11/2011 23:50
so, where exactly is the discrimination? an earlier piece said poverty in israel is 1:4

5 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
22/11/2011 18:01
@ 2 Shirlee / Australia and 3) Frank Tromp / NL, Very good points, both of you. Just to clarify what refugees are: Those who were forcibly removed from their place of birth or where their original homes were when they grew up and lived due to war, or, who themselves (unwillingly) moved away because of war, hardship, etc. from their home territory AND have since been unable to assimilate productively into their "new" territory, thus perpetuating their misery. When our War for (continued)

6 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
22/11/2011 18:02
Independence in 1948-49 [from the Arab perspective: Al-Nakba (The Catastrophe)] established us, there were mass expulsions of both: 1) Jews from Arab lands who ended up in Israel and 2) Arabs (Palestinians) who were expelled (or decided it was better to move out of newly-created Israel; so they unwillingly did so). Translation: There were large transfers of populations of both peoples. Yes, thus many Palestinians, because they left what was now Israelite land, ended up (continued)

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
22/11/2011 18:04
in the W. Bank and Gaza (still "Palestinian" land but away from their original, home territory) as well as refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and elsewhere in the ARAB world. In the W. Bank and Gaza, if there is now that much child poverty (25% of all Palestinian children) and all these children (about 2,000,000) constitute nearly half (about 48%) of ALL the W. Bank/Gaza population, DON'T blame us for all this crap since 1948-49, "occupation" or not !!! Go blame Hamas and the PA !!!

8 ) Norman Mallory / Canada
03/12/2013 07:03
Yehuda…crap? You live there, I worked there for 2 years, and had an unbiased view of Israel/Palestine. It was EXTREMELY clear to me after a month that I was seeing the injustices everyday. It's a shame you are viewing this as you are. You should mention the number of dispossessed people, and the number each day that are dispossessed. You admit it's an occupation - rather hypocritical, what? Maybe if the Settlers weren't in the WB, it would be a good start…
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